A few days ago, the FCC ruled that the Baby Bells could lock up their broadband networks, but that they would continue to be required to allow competitors to have access to their voice networks. It was a horrible decision. Here’s an article describing why the ruling was wrong on both counts.
The stated reason for handing the broadband jewels over to the telcos was to spur them to invest in upgraded networks. They’ll raise rates instead. And they’ve already started to whine that in spite of the ruling they still have no intention of putting any money into upgrading or extending their broadband networks.
The FCC and the telcos have ensured that we will be waiting for decent broadband for a long, long time.